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Engineering and Computer Science Faculty

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Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

Position Title & Department:

 Engineering and Computer Science Faculty; School of Engineering
Posting #

3981

Department Description:

University Description

The University of San Diego (USD), a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

To achieve this vision, the university subscribes to the principles of Laudato Si and places high importance on taking care of our common home. Additionally, USD’s Horizon Project is a clarion call for solidarity that outlines the immediate, concrete and material steps that USD will take to improve access and inclusion for diverse individuals to make USD a first-choice university for underrepresented students. As an Ashoka Changemaker campus, USD embraces an ethos of changemaking, where innovation and entrepreneurship lead to positive change. To learn more, read about the six pathways of the University’s strategic plan, Envision 2024.

The university operates several centers to support faculty in achieving USD’s vision including: a Center for Educational Excellence; a Center for Inclusion and Diversity; the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action; a Changemaker Hub; and an International Center.

USD, an independent Catholic university, is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to achieving excellence, diversity and inclusion in its faculty, students and environment.

 

About the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering (SMSE)

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering (SMSE) has recently ranked among the top 15 programs at non-Ph.D. granting institutions by U.S. News and World Report. USD provides a high-quality undergraduate education by emphasizing small classes and a high level of faculty-student interaction. The school currently houses undergraduate engineering programs in computer science, electrical engineering, industrial & systems engineering, integrated engineering, and mechanical engineering. All engineering students graduate with a dual BS/BA engineering degree. Engineering and computer science students complete the same liberal arts core of the institution as all USD graduates. The school also offers professional MS degrees in Applied Artificial Intelligence; Applied Data Science; Cyber Security Engineering; Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship; and Engineering Sustainability and Health.

SMSE is committed to making meaningful and lasting progress in responding to the needs and concerns of underrepresented groups, including scholars of color, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and other persons with marginalized identities. Our commitment to diversity and social justice in engineering is reflected in the Engineering Exchange for Social Justice, as well as senior capstone design projects that partner with local and global community groups and focus on social and environmental justice. These project teams work with mentors from non-profit organizations or community groups to collaboratively develop engineering solutions that will have a positive impact. In addition, the student organizations for Society of Women Engineers, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, and National Society of Black Engineers are very active organizations within the School of Engineering, with dedicated support from faculty, staff, and external donors.

Detailed Description:

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at USD invites applications for a cluster of faculty to fill positions in engineering and computer science. We seek faculty who are interested in developing changemaking solutions to address humanity's most urgent challenges such as those identified in the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges or the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Changemaking efforts require the contributions of people having diverse experiences and perspectives, so we are hiring a cluster of faculty who are interested in this work.

We endeavor to build a cohort of teacher-scholars who enjoy working with undergraduate students and can create meaningful, inclusive, and equitable learning experiences for all students within a liberal arts institution. We welcome candidates who are committed to excellence in reflective multicultural and inclusive teaching practices, collaboration, and interdisciplinarity. Successful candidates will develop and teach courses in the first year (including design or computational problem-solving) and capstone experiences, as well as major and elective courses in their home department. Tenure-track faculty should expect to work closely with undergraduate students through teaching and major advising.

The cluster is expected to include candidates from electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science and may include candidates from other engineering disciplines. Specific departmental needs and requirements are described below.

We are committed to continuing to build a diverse faculty and strongly encourage applications from women and other minoritized candidates. We are particularly interested in faculty who look forward to interdisciplinary collaborations.

Computer Science

The computer science department supports an undergraduate program in computer science with approximately 120 majors, as well as an embedded software concentration in the undergraduate Integrated Engineering program. Our CS majors are highly-engaged and actively contribute to the mission of the department and the University. Our faculty is devoted to challenging and inspiring students to learn the technical skills, global perspective, social awareness and leadership ability needed to become change-making computer scientists. Successful candidates to the Computer Science department should hold a PhD in Computer Science or related field.

Preference will be given to candidates who are committed to outstanding teaching in a liberal arts setting as well as to developing and sustaining an active undergraduate-oriented research program. Additional preference will be given to candidates who are committed to advancing the university mission in issues of justice and care of our common home, who are able to establish and maintain industry ties, can contribute to senior capstone projects, are excited about undergraduate teaching, and have a commitment to working with diverse populations. We seek candidates from all areas of specialization, but especially those who would complement our strengths in cyber security, HCI, and machine learning and data mining. Candidates able to work across disciplinary boundaries and within a collaborative environment are especially encouraged to apply.

Electrical Engineering

The engineering program at the University of San Diego was founded with the launch of its Electrical Engineering department. It is the oldest department with approximately 100 majors. Our graduates are highly sought after by industry and research programs across the country, and our students are actively engaged and contribute to the mission of the department and the University. Our faculty is devoted to challenging and inspiring students to become Changemaking engineers and leaders in their communities.

Successful candidates should have at least a doctorate in Computer or Electrical Engineering, or a closely related field at the time of employment for a tenure-track position, or at least 10 years of industry experience and a bachelors in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field for a contract position. Candidates from all areas in computer and electrical engineering are encouraged to apply, with particular interest in embedded systems, digital systems, and integrated circuits and systems. In addition to teaching, candidates will be expected to develop an active research program as a faculty scholar working to solve real world problems, and would be encouraged to involve undergraduate students in their research.

We encourage applications from candidates who are interested in research and teaching across disciplinary boundaries within a collaborative environment in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and automation, bioX, and smart power systems; and in addressing the challenges present in the nexus of energy, water, food and health.

Integrated Engineering

The Integrated Engineering Department, founded in 2016, has developed a cross-disciplinary curriculum that infuses themes of social justice and sustainability into engineering. Integrated Engineering helps students who want to tackle the world’s most complicated interdisciplinary problems to develop a sociotechnical mindset for designing a sustainable future. The curriculum consists of two parts: 1) a broad technical foundation to prepare students for a range of engineering professions and 2) a concentration that will give students subject matter expertise in a particular area. All Integrated Engineering students must choose a concentration as a part of the major. Concentrations currently include sustainability, biomedical engineering, embedded software, engineering and the law, and an individual plan of study. Successful candidates to the Integrated Engineering department should hold a PhD in any field of engineering (including engineering education).

The Integrated Engineering Department seeks faculty who enjoy teaching undergraduate students within a liberal arts institution and who display a strong commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinarity, value both teaching and scholarship in service to the greater good, are comfortable working across engineering disciplines, and are interested in reimagining engineering education to address issues of social justice. Faculty joining the department should expect to teach in the first-year design sequence or capstone design, teach major-specific (GENG prefix) courses, and/or develop and teach elective courses for one (or more) concentration area(s). The ability to connect scholarly interests to issues facing society is valued. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in environmental engineering or biomedical engineering, though any interested candidate is encouraged to apply.

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering Department supports an undergraduate program in mechanical engineering with approximately 200 students. Our faculty is devoted to challenging and inspiring students to learn the technical and hands-on skills, local and global perspectives, social awareness, and leadership ability needed to become changemaking mechanical engineers. Our mechanical engineering students are highly-engaged and actively contribute to the mission of the Department and the University.

Successful candidates should have a doctorate in mechanical engineering, or a closely related field at the time of employment for a tenure-track position, or at least 10 years of relevant experience and a bachelors in mechanical engineering, or a closely related field for a contract position. Candidates from all areas of mechanical engineering are encouraged to apply, including, but not limited to the thermal sciences, mechanics, materials, design, manufacturing, sustainability (energy, water, food), or biomechanics areas. Candidates should have a passion for teaching at all levels of the program, including our first-year engineering, senior capstone, and hands-on laboratory sequences as well as student advising and mentoring; and a commitment to advancing the university mission in justice and care of our common home. In addition to teaching, candidates will be expected to develop an active research program as a faculty scholar working to solve real world problems and would be encouraged to involve undergraduate students in their research. We encourage applications from candidates who are interested in research and teaching across disciplinary boundaries within a collaborative environment.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

We have a preference for hiring tenure-track faculty at the assistant or associate professor level and professors of practice (e.g. those with extensive industry or military experience). However, full professors will also be considered. We anticipate that these positions will start in the fall of 2022. Candidates should be able to contribute to a disciplinary area associated with undergraduate degrees offered in SMSE.

Successful candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Tenure-track faculty applicants should hold a doctorate degree in engineering, computer science, engineering or computer science education, or a related discipline by their start date at USD. See department-specific degree requirements above.
  • Professor of practice (contract position) applicants should have at least 10 years of related experience and at least a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, or a closely related field.
Posting Salary:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
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Candidates’ materials are expected to address the cluster theme described above. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled. We anticipate first round interviews to begin January 3, 2022. Within your required application materials, listed below, please explain how you may engage with a diverse, multicultural campus community to improve equity and inclusion through your teaching, scholarship, and/or service with a specific focus on underserved communities in engineering and/or computer science.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Cover letter that includes the position (tenure track/rank or contract position) and department/program(s) being applied to.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy including teaching interests and a discussion of how your teaching practice will be inclusive and help all students to succeed.
  • Tenure-track faculty: A statement of research interests, how they align with university, school, and/or department goals and the potential for involving undergraduate students in scholarship.
  • Professor of practice (contract position): A statement about how your professional experience will contribute to SMSE intellectual growth and how you will be able to leverage that experience to create new opportunities for the school in support of our student population.

Candidates may optionally include a separate diversity statement that elaborates on their values, plans, and experiences that are not mentioned in the required materials above.

For additional information please contact the Assistant to the Dean, Paula Schmid (pschmid@sandiego.edu).

If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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